I’m doing exactly what I said I wouldn’t do.
Turning my layout into a workspace and using it for storage.
SHAME! FOR SHAME!
I spent some time with a soldering iron yesterday and discovered that I’m a natural at soldering itsy bits. I restored the Minitrix U-28C to the same sorry lighting state it had before I started to mess with it, which was the least I could do…
I has a sad little light, anyway.
Then I moved on to……………..
One thing about the model railroad world is the remarkable lack of do-and-tell when it comes to basics (compared to the plastic kit world). Most model railroaders are not compulsive explainers, I guess. But a few sites do contain SCADS (AKA “butt loads” if you’re a truckstop waitress) of information.
One such site is http://www.spookshow.net
This fellow displays a weird amount of hostility toward a good old American model train maker, Bachmann. The hate reminds me of the feelings many plastic kit makers have for Airfix. It’s a crazy kind of hate.
So, of course, I’ve been buying second-hate Bachmann locos on eBay.
I have found that, over all, they do not suck nearly enough to justify all that hostility. But it’s a bit like comparing Airfix to Hasegawa. You compare Bachmann to Kato and you get right into hate country before you can pull your horse up.
I bought an “undecorated” set of old Bachmann locos and paid a bit more than I should have (but not a bad deal, really) and got an education in why some people hate.
This Bachmann F7 had four sets of wheels with FOUR broken gears. Not one, but all four. So I ordered the parts from Bachmann and had a pleasant experience.
True, you can’t just send them a message (like Airfix) and get free parts but where on earth can you? That free part thing is nuts.
I also scored an old Bachmann dash 8, which featured the worst lighting installation in history.
Really bad. Awful.
I spent a lot of time re-building the lighting setup to get this–
Believe me, it was awful. This isn’t too bad. It will do, pig. It will do.